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“The Political Machine: Sense, Sensibility and Sentiment in the Late Bronze Age South Caucasus,” Adam T. Smith, May 24

THE ANTHROPOLOGY DEPARTMENT MONDAY SEMINAR SERIES
presents

Adam T. Smith

Associate Professor
Department Anthropology
University of Chicago

Speaking on

“The Political Machine: Sense, Sensibility and Sentiment
in the Late Bronze Age South Caucasus”

Monday, May 24,  3:30 pm  Haskell 315 (5836 S. Greenwood Ave)

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Call for Papers: “The Role of Political and Epistemological History in the Archaeology of the Former Soviet Union” Theoretical Archaeological Group, Deadline: February 25

Call for Papers

Theoretical Archaeology Group 2010
Friday, April 30th to Sunday, May 2nd, 2010
Brown University, Providence, RI, USA
Session: The Role of Political and Epistemological History in the Archaeology of the Former Soviet Union

Since the collapse of the Former Soviet Union (FSU) the number of foreign archaeologists working in the Balkans, Eastern-Europe, and Central Asia has steadily increased. Though the former ‘great unknown’ is now more accessible than ever, several issues have come to the fore as significant impediments to conducting collaborative or comparative research. Foremost among these are ontological issues associated with the prevalence of the culture-historical paradigm and ethnos theory as applied in Soviet archaeology and ethnography. The legacy of this research paradigm leaves current political and social boundaries as deterrents to comparative archaeological research.

In many parts of the FSU the prehistoric past is key to the development of contemporary boundaries and national pride. Archaeologists are well placed, however, to analyze the fluidity of such boundaries, doing research that must often cross shifting political, social, and linguistic borders in order to be comprehensive. Though typically archaeologists do not treat the politics of their field in publications, a keen awareness of contemporary and historical identity politics and archaeological practices is a necessary prerequisite to an understanding of material cultural assemblages.

Several themes deriving from the Soviet and post-Soviet culture-historical paradigm, along with destructive data collection and a general dismissal of theory are often critiqued by western scholars. Yet, these same scholars can be unfamiliar with the idiom and historiography of the archaeology of the FSU, often due to still lingering linguistic barriers. Thus, they are in turn criticized for their superficial understanding of the area’s corpus of material-culture and historiography and their broad generalizations about theoretical orientation. This often places the two archaeological traditions at odds when it comes to field methodology, collaborative grant writing or publication, and even museum research.

Papers are invited, which discuss the historical and contemporary influences on archaeological research in the area of the FSU and their effect, both past and present, especially as regards politics and epistemology. Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words by February 25th to either smartino@sas.upenn.edu or nefremov@artsci.wustl.edu

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Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop: “A Metallurgical Analysis of a Set of Bronze Clothing Pins from the Site of Tell Atchana, Turkey”, by Stephanie Selover, October 29

On October 29, the Interdisciplinary Archaeology Workshop will hear Stephanie Selover (University of Chicago, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations) present her paper “A Metallurgical Analysis of a Set of Bronze Clothing Pins from the Site of Tell Atchana, Turkey.”

Time: 5-6:30pm , October 29.

Location: Haskell Hal(5836 S. Greenwood Ave), mezzanine 102

For more information on this and other graduate workshops at the University of Chicago, please visit: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/descriptions/interdisciplinary_archaeology.shtml

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Fellowship in Archaelogy at the Field Museum of Natural History, Deadline: January 15

The America for Bulgaria Foundation and the Anthropology Department at The Field Museum invite proposals for the America for Bulgaria Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship starting in the fall of 2010.

Program Description
This program is intended for scholars who recently obtained their Ph.D. in archaeology or bioarchaeology to conduct postdoctoral research in residence at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL. The program strongly encourages proposals from researchers interested in employing and developing innovative analytical techniques that will advance the scientific study of the human past. The fellowship supplies salary, benefits, and a small research stipend for one academic year (9 months). During the duration of the fellowship the Fellow will have the opportunity to implement and carry out their own postdoctoral research, which should result in major publications. In conjunction with their independent research, the Fellow also is expected to assist with the establishment and implementation of a formal procedure for funding international collaborative archaeological and bioarchaeological research and archaeological site and museum preservation and conservation programs through ABF.

The ideal candidate will be a Bulgarian native who has obtained their Ph.D. within the last ten years and who plans to continue their academic research in Bulgaria. Non-Bulgarian scholars whose research centers on the Balkan region also are welcome to apply. Especially welcome are proposals that seek to take advantage of the various resources and facilities available at The Field Museum and elsewhere in the Chicagoland area.

The fellowship provides a salary of $40,000 per academic year plus benefits, as well as an additional $2,000 for research expenses.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must demonstrate that they will have completed all requirements for the Ph.D., including the filing of the dissertation, prior to the beginning of the tenure of the fellowship. Advanced proficiency in English must also be demonstrated.

Additional Information:
http://fm1.fieldmuseum.org/aa/staff_page.cgi?staff=wparkinson&id=713

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Archaeological Research Opportunities in Bulgaria, Deadline: January 15

The America for Bulgaria Foundation invites proposals for the International Collaborative Archaeological and Bioarchaeological Research Program (ICAB).

Program Description
The program promotes international collaboration between scholars from Bulgaria, the US, and other nations, especially the Balkans. The intent of ICAB is to fund archaeological and bioarchaeological research, including field work, museum and/or laboratory research. The program strongly encourages proposals from researchers interested in employing and developing innovative analytical techniques that will advance the scientific study of the human past.

The program requires that Bulgarian and American researchers serve as co-Primary Investigators (PIs) on the grant. The American PI must apply through an accredited US institution to which the award will be granted. That institution will be responsible for financial oversight of the grant.

Requests for funding must be in US Dollars and should not under normal circumstances exceed $50,000 for one year. Requests for funding smaller projects are especially welcome. ICAB does not provide funds to support the following:

-Tuition for students obtaining degrees;
-Travel or maintenance for children or spouses of researchers;
-Research expenses incurred before the date of a grant;
-General activities of other institutions or entities including “overhead expenses” or “indirect costs.”

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements at the time of application:

The Bulgarian applicant must have a masters or doctoral degree and English proficiency. He or she must hold a position in a Bulgarian research institute, museum or university.

The American applicant must have a Ph.D. from an accredited university and hold a position in an accredited US institution, or be an advanced doctoral student in an accredited university. American doctoral students are required to apply as senior personnel with their dissertation advisor and a Bulgarian counterpart as the Primary Investigators. Applications should be made through an institution to which the grant can be awarded, and which will assume financial oversight of the award.

Additional Information

http://fm1.fieldmuseum.org/aa/staff_page.cgi?staff=wparkinson&id=715

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